For many moons, rosé has been the cheap-o wine that your Aunt Maude always brings to Christmas. They’re sweet. They have little-to-no body. There’s kind of a negative value perception with the usually low price point. And for gosh sakes, Julia Child was a fan.
But, just like Aunt Maude’s knitting hobby and everything Julia Child, old = hip again. Negative value perception? No such thing during a recession. Little-to-no-body? That means it’s versatile and accessible. And sweetness…well, let’s just say there are lots of dry rosés with plenty of body. Paired with moscato, it’s the new gateway wine, and everyone wants a piece of it (to be fair, Europeans have been into rosé way before us…old world and all, you know. For intense rosé fans, check out grenache /some Sardinian rosés).
How to pair a rosé
Well, according to Ms. Child, rosé can be served with just about anything–and Jeffrey Saad claims that a dry or off-dry rose wine will go well with everything because
There is enough acid to match the acid in a salad. There is enough fruit to off set a spicy food; there is just enough tannin from the minimal skin contact to stand up to most protein. And it looks so pretty!
For those looking for more guidance, here are our ideas:
- Soft goat cheeses – feta, ricotta, & mahon
- Spicy Chinese/Thai dishes
- Pizza (no lie)
How does a rosé come into being?
There are three ways to produce this pale red hue:
- Skin contact
Basically, the color of wine (and everything that goes with that) is the product of how long the skins of dark grapes are left in contact with the juice. White wines = very little; red wines = fermented with the grape skins; and rosé = just a few days, then discarded before undergoing fermentation.
This term comes from the French term for bleeding. When red wines are produced, and the vintner wants to impart more color/tannins to the wine, he/she removes (bleeds) some of the juice, which can then be used to ferment a rosé.
When a papa red wine meets a mama white wine, they can blend together to create a rosé. This method is highly uncommon, and is even illegal in most parts of France (cue sex jokes).
Looking for ways to enhance your rose experience? Take to YouTube: